You’ve probably heard of music, film, wine and performing arts festivals in Slovakia, but how about a festival that celebrates ghosts? Slovakia also has folklore festivals and cheese festivals to tempt you. Why not plan your visit here to coincide with one of these special events?

Music Festivals

May

Dixieland Festival, Banská Bystrica – International Dixieland Music Festival

  • Where: Culture and Recreation Park (Park kultúry a oddychu)
  • Contact: Municipal Office of Banská Bystrica
  • Tel.: +421/48/16 186, 145 50 85
  • Fax: +421/48/145 22 72
  • E-mail: kis@pkobb.sk

June

Gospel Festival Lumen, Trnava – Lumen’s annual International Festival of Gospel Music

  • Where: Trnava Sports Hall
  • Contact: Municipal Office of Trnava
  • Tel. 1: +421/33/5906 110
  • Tel. 2: +421/2/5023 1214
  • E-mail:info@festivallumen.sk

Musica Sacra, Nitra – An annual international festival of sacral music

  • Where: Piarist Church of St. Ladislav (Piaristický kostol sv. Ladislava)
  • Contact: Municipal Office of Nitra
  • Tel.: +421/37/650 2177
  • E-mail: bratova@msunitra.sk

July

The Festival of Nice Music, Banská Štiavnica – International Classical Music Festival

  • Where: Old Castle (Starý zámok)
  • Contact: Museum of Banská Štiavnica
  • Tel.: +421/45/694 94 22, 694 94 35
  • Fax: +421/45/692 07 61
  • E-mail: sbm@muzeumbs.sk, kultura@banskastiavnica.sk

October

Bratislava Jazz Days – International Jazz Festival

  • Contact: Bratislava Culture and Information Centre (Bratislavské kultúrne a informacné stredisko)
  • Tel.: +421 (0) 2/16 186,+421 (0) 2/54 43 37 15
  • E-mail: info@bkis.sk

November

BHS (Bratislavské Hudobné Slávnosti), Bratislava – Bratislava International Music festival

  • Contact: BHS Management
  • Tel.: +421 (0) 2/5443 0378, +421 (0) 2/5920 8291
  • E-mail: bhsfest@nextra.sk

Film Festivals

June

Art Film Festival (Artfilm), Trenčianske Teplice & Bratislava – International Art Film Festival is organised by the Art Film Festival Foundation

November

International Film Festival, Bratislava – Annual International Film Festival takes place in several movie theatres of the Palace Cinemas multiplex in Bratislava Aupark center

Festivals in Castles

April/May

Červený Kameň Castle – Beltane Festival of Celtic Culture, CASTA

  • Contact: Red Stone Museum (Múzeum Červený Kameň)
  • Tel.: +421/ 33/ 690 58 03
  • E-mail: objednavky-mck@snm.sk

Orava Castle – Unlocking Orava Castle – festivities include re-enactments of daily life in medieval times (End April-Early May). Orava Castle also hosts a festival of Ghosts and Spirits, similar to Bojnice (below).

May/June

Ghosts and Spirits Festival in Bojnice (and Orava see above)
INTERNATIONAL GHOSTS AND SPIRITS FESTIVAL
Ghosts and spirits from all over the world haunt and entertain the visitors of the
castles, the kingdom of the dead comes back to life, and you can hear the wailing and rejoicing
of witches and scenes from fairly tales.

Where: Bojnice Castle (Zámok Bojnice) [for Orava Castle, see listing above]
Contact person: Ms. Adriana Jeleneková, 972 01 Bojnice
Tel.: +421/46/543 06 24, 543 06 33
Fax: +421/46/543 00 51
E-mail: marketing@bojnicecastle.sk
More Info: http://www.bojnicecastle.sk

Wine and Cheese Festivals

April

Wine Festival, PEZINOK
A celebration of the harvest, practiced here for hundreds of years. Features an international wine competition, the largest in Slovakia
Organizery: Union of Pezinok’s wine-growers and wine-makers, Union of Small Carpathian wine route and Small Carpathian Educational Center, tel. 033/6433705

For more info: http://www.pezinok.sk/?lang=en-US

May

Festival of Cheese and Bryndza (Slovak Sheep Cheese), LIPTOVSKÝ MIKULÁŠ
Information Centre in Liptovský Mikuláš

Tel: +421/ 44/ 16 186, 552 24 18
Fax: +421/ 44/ 551 44 48
E-mail: info@mikulas.sk
More Info: http://www.lmikulas.sk

Folklore and Other Traditional Festivals

June

International Folk Costume Dolls Festival, POPRAD
THE INTERNATINAL FESTIVAL OF DOLLS IN NATIONAL COSTUMES
Festival of children´s folklore.

Tel.: +421/52/772 24 66
Fax: +421/52/773 21 40
E-mail: osvetapp@stonline.sk

July

THE FOLKLORE FESTIVAL AT VÝCHODNÁ
The largest celebration of traditional Slovak folk culture

Where: Východná – the amphitheatre
Contact Information Center in Liptovský Mikuláš
Tel: +421/44/16 186, 552 24 18, +421/2/592 14 114
Fax: +421/44/551 44 48
E-mail: infolm@trynet.sk
More Info: www.festivalvychodna.sk/en/

Folklore Festival under Polana – DETVA
Annual international festival of traditional folklore.

Tel.: +421/45/ 54552 02
Fax: +421/ 45/ 545 62 16
E-mail: msu@detva.sk
More Info: http://www.detva.sk

August

Janosek Days – Terchova
International folk festival in honor of the Slovak Robin Hood, Janosek
Tourist Information Office – ZT Terchová (Turistická informacná kancelária – ZT Terchová)

Tel: +421 (0) 41/599 31 00, 500 23 07
Fax: +421 (0) 41/569 53 07
E-mail: ztt@ztt.sk
More Info: www.ztt.sk

September

CORONATION DAYS – BRATISLAVA
Festival in early September celebrating the centuries when Bratislava was the coronation city of the Austrian Empire with procession through Bratislava´s Old Town of actors in period costume, dubbing of knights and general merrymaking.

More Info: http://www.bratislava-info.sk/index.php?cl=kategoria&iid=2&tname=[multi]&lng=en

SALAMANDER DAYS – BANSKÁ ŠTIAVNICA
A traditional miners´parade throughout the city that has taken place for over 200 years. Cultural program and competitions in the old city centre.

Tel.: +421/ 45/ 694 96 53
E-mail: ic@banskastiavnica.sk
More Info: http://www.banskastiavnica.sk

November/December

CHRISTMAS MARKETS – BRATISLAVA
In the Main Square, at the heart of the Old Town, choirs, dance companies and bands perform. Traditional handcrafted items, Slovak food specialities and drinks.
Tel.: +421/ 2/ 593 563 99
E-mail: sluzbyobcanom@bratislava.sk
More Info: http://www.vianocnetrhy.sk/EN/